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Defending Scheler’s Knowledge of Values

Peter H. Spader

in Scheler's Ethical Personalism

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2002 | ISBN: 9780823221776
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235629 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823221776.003.0012

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Defending Scheler’s Knowledge of Values

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Primarily this chapter examines Scheler’s claim for the dominance of the person and the heart. It focuses especially on the complex world of values and his understanding of the nature of values. Originally Scheler’s position tells us that things are not simple and that we rarely realize a single value because most of the time we are dealing with more complex values and he forces us to face all of the values present before us. Scheler’s great contribution was his insight that the hierarchy of values is not linear and there are distinct ranks of values. However, there was one position that Scheler anticipated and that is “language” because language defines what we can know and basically even what we can experience. This chapter explains that Scheler was a pioneer who has an excellent grasp of what needed to be dealt with. What he has left us with was visible outlines of a new approach in ethics.

Keywords: person; heart; complex; linear; language; ethics

Chapter.  9634 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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